Happy Tails: 11-Year-Old Gwen’s Skin Cancer Diagnosis and Adoption

This year had no shortage of incredible Tails of Joy, as over 5,200 homeless dogs and cats turned to Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando for compassionate care. 

No matter the shape, size, breed or age, dogs and cats who come to Pet Alliance are always given the second chance they need and deserve.

None of this would be possible without your support. 

One shelter dog who knows what your generosity is capable of firsthand is 11-year-old Gwen.

Gwen spent most of her life living outside before she arrived at Pet Alliance. When our shelter medical staff examined her, they discovered she was suffering from skin cancer due to so much time spent in the strong Florida sun. Just like with humans, this diagnosis was life-changing for Gwen. She became a first of its kind special needs adoption case at Pet Alliance.

Unable to spend any significant amount of time in the sun, Gwen needed to find a special owner who would understand her unique situation. Her age and diagnosis would require frequent vet visits, additional expenses and, especially disheartening for a dog, a life spent mostly indoors. 

Sweet seniors like Gwen deserve to spend their remaining years in a loving home and we realize that it can take time to find the right adopter. It took 51 days in the shelter, but Gwen found the human she needed. 

Gwen’s story is a tale of hope. When you give, we are able to provide second chances to animals who have no where else to turn for lifesaving medical care, nutritious meals, playtime and lots of love from staff and volunteers.

Will you donate to give animals like Gwen a second chance at life?

$25 – microchips 2 dogs 

$50 – one shelter pet medical exam

$100 – spay/neuter surgery for one shelter pet

$250 – five shelter pet medical exams 

$500 – spay/neuter surgery for five shelter pets

September Clinic & Adoption Specials

September 2019 is jam-packed with opportunities for you to connect with Pet Alliance in our shelters, clinics, and out in the community! Check out this month’s specials below:

Mobile Vet Unit

📆 Saturday, September 28, 2019 

📍Osceola County Animal Services

The Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Mobile Vet Clinic will be at Osceola County Animal Services and will offer the following services:
  1. Free Vaccines provided by Jim Parker. Learn more about vaccine ages, types of vaccines and more on our website FAQ: https://petallianceorlando.org/veterinary-care/ (scroll to the bottom).
  2. $10 Microchips
  3. Free Heartworm test with purchase of prevention. If not, it will be $10 copay.

Clinic Specials

Available at all Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando Clinics from September 17 – 30, 2019.

Free Heartworm Test with purchase of 1 year of Heartgard (Value $20) in Wellness and Surgeries.

Free Microchip with any spay and neuter surgery (Value $30).

Call to schedule an appointment at (407) 351.7722. 


Adoption Special

Kick off the season with your new best friend by adopting your very own MVP — Most Valuable Pet — at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando!

THIS weekend, September 27 – 29, you can add a fluffy free agent to your roster — with just $25 adoptions on select dogs and cats 1 year and older! The MVP Weekend adoption special is available at both the Pet Alliance Orlando and Sanford shelters.

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Aloft Orlando Downtown Celebrates 100th Adoption During Bow Wow Luau

Aloft Orlando Downtown and Pet Alliance partnered on a summer party this July – and boy was it coconuts! The Bow Wow Luau celebrated the 100th dog adoption at the Aloft Orlando Downtown as part of its Dogs in Residence Program.

For more than a year, visitors of the hotel have been greeted with an extra sweet and fluffy surprise. Through the program, the pet-friendly hotel houses one dog from Pet Alliance at a time in a mini-Aloft doghouse and enclosure stationed for public view in the lobby, who can be adopted by hotel guests and visiting locals.  Since launching in late May of last year, every pup that has been part of the program, has found their “furever” home at Aloft. The program is the first and only hotel dog adoption program in Central Florida. 

The 100th Aloft Orlando Downtown Adoption was our sweet 3-month-old Maple.

What better way to celebrate the 100th adoption at Aloft than with a Bow Wow Luau? 

Bow Wow Luau was held on July 27th and truly showcased how amazing this foster program is. The event included a silent auction with 15 custom tile dog houses that garnered $1,905 for a grand total of $2,800 fundraised.

The hit of the event was our “Pawaiian” costume contest. 22 pups, pooches, and woofers waled the catwalk in front of local celebrity judges, Commissioner Patty Sheehan and WFTV’s Karla Ray. Local vendors such as Kendra Scott, That Girl with the Dogs, Kahlua’s Kookies, Haole & Ono and Sweet City Gelato were also present.

The event was a Hawaiian paradise of success! The best part? The 100th dog adoption took place at the Luau with sweet Maple pictured here.

Bow Wow Luau Gallery

Finding Sweet Seniors Homes

Michelle Chandler with one of her beloved cats.

Celebrating sixty years of life by helping sixty senior shelter pets, donor Michelle Chandler decided to celebrate her birthday a little differently this year. In honor of her 60th birthday, Chandler sponsored the adoption fees of 60 senior animals at both the Orlando and Sanford shelters. 

Her passion is undeniable as she serves as a community advocate and a dedicated volunteer for Pet Alliance. Michelle has been volunteering with Pet Alliance since 2014 in roles ranging from kitty cuddler to administrative receptionist. Her hope this year was to do something a bit different when it comes to celebrating another turn around the sun. She just wants to help dogs and cats find their furever homes.

Help make her birthday wish come true by adopting a sweet senior. To see which animals are available for adoption under this promotion, check out the adoption profile of the animal and look for “Sweet Senior” in their bio. 

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July 2019: Events, Specials, and Adoption Discounts

July is jam-packed with opportunities for you to connect with Pet Alliance in our shelters, clinics, and out in the community! Check out this month’s specials and events below:

Please note that on Thursday, July 4th all Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando shelters and clinics will be closed to the public and we honor the holiday. We will re-open on Friday, July 5th.


Bow Wow Luau at Aloft Orlando Downtown

The Bow Wow Luau is on July 27, 2019, from 3 – 7 PM at Aloft Orlando Downtown

Bid on custom dog houses at our PAWction (proceeds benefit Pet Alliance) and dress your pup in their finest tropical inspired look at the doggie Hawaiian shirt contest. You and your dog for SHORE, won’t want to miss this evening of live music, delicious food, and fun!

Your Pet Can Be a Star!

Start scrolling through your phone for that purfect photo of your dog or cat — the 2019 My Best Friend Wine Label Contest has arrived! 

Enter your furry friend now through July 31, 2019 for a chance to have them featured on Quantum Leap Winery Rescue Red or Rescue White labels! Submit a PAWsome picture of your pet and their rescue story for a chance to be featured. Proceeds from the photo contest and the sale of the wine benefit the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando to shelter pets in need. 

The Melting Pot Orlando’s  July 2019 Fondue Raiser partnership is with Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando! During the month of July, enjoy a 4 course dinner benefiting @petalliancego – a local organization dedicated to providing food, medical care, and shelter for the 7,000+ dogs & cats coming through their doors this year. Tag a friend below who you plan to donate and dine with! For reservations call 407-903-1100 🐶🐱

Adoption Weekend
July 27 - 28

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando’s Sanford shelter will be closed on Saturday, June 29 – Sunday, June 30  as we take over the Lake Mary PetSmart for our monthly Adoption Weekend!

Located just a few minuets from the Sanford shelter, we will have adoptable dogs and cats available at this event On Saturday, June 29 (12 – 5PM) & Sunday, June 30 (12 – 4PM).



Vaccine Saturdays

In addition to low-cost spaying and neutering services every Tuesday – Thursday, Pet Alliance’s Alafaya Clinic provides core vaccinations for your dog or cat every Saturday. Give your pet the gift of health by dropping by from 9AM – 1:30PM — no appointment necessary! Vaccinations include Rabies, DA2PP, Leptospirosis, and FVRCP for cats. 

Sweet Senior Adoption Special

Thanks to one of our generous donors, Michelle Chandler, we have 60 senior shelter pets with waived adoption fees to celebrate her 60th Birthday.  

Help make her birthday wish come true by adopting a sweet senior (6 years and older) starting July 1, 2019! To see which dogs and cats are included, check out our adoption profile for both shelters below and look for “Sweet Seniors” in their bio.

Get Involved this Summer!

Hound Around Town

Hound Around Town offers residents the chance to take a dog out of our Orlando and Sanford shelters for a two-hour-long outing.

Become a Volunteer

Are you an animal lover wanting to give back? By exercising, socializing and providing enrichment activities for our dogs and cats, our volunteers help support our animals. Become a volunteer today!

Become a Shelter Star

Your monthly contribution is used to help provide ongoing care, enrichment, medical treatments, and nutritious meals to our shelter pets until they find their new ‘forever’ homes.

Take a Shelter Dog out for Hound Around Town

Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando invites our Central Florida community to connect with our shelter dogs — without the long-term commitment! Hound Around Town offers residents the chance to take a dog out of our Orlando and Sanford shelters for a two-hour-long outing.

Not only is it a good time for participants, but our shelter dogs will be furever grateful for the chance to relax outside the shelter, sniff all Pet Alliance approved place, and get exposure to the community.

Shelter dog Otto enjoying his Hound Around Town outing.

“Kennel environments can, at times, be overwhelming for our dogs, which is fair considering that our animals are owner surrendered  and have typically come from their familiar home environment,” says Jennifer Brehm, Pet Alliance’s Behavior Specialist. “Hound Around Town offers them a break that ultimately helps improve behaviors and has them spending time with different kinds of people.”

Simple activities like a walk, trip to the park, or even grabbing a quick Puppuccino from Starbucks can have lasting effects on a shelter dogs mental state. Jennifer explains, “When our dogs spend time out of their kennels, we see a reduction in barking, pacing, and  digging.  And a well-mannered pup is likely to find a forever home more quickly.”

The benefits aren’t just limited to less bored shelter dogs — they get exposure to potential adopters! While stylish and fun, the bright orange “Adopt Me” vest the dogs wear while out on Hound Around Town is Pet Alliance’s way to let passersby know that it isn’t just any ol’ pup they’re encountering. It’s a shelter dog looking for a home.

“For our dog lovers out there passing our pups on the street, it sparks a conversation,” says Jennifer. “While dogs are out on the town, they will have the opportunity to encounter potentially dozens more people who wouldn’t have come through the shelter and could potentially have a chance to meet their forever family.”

Come make a difference in the life of a shelter dog by taking them out for Hound Around Town today! Dogs are available to be checked out 7 days a week | 12-3 p.m. Your first steps?